MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh hailed the resolutions and bills moved by Home Minister Amit Shah in Parliament on Monday to scrap Article 370 pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir, thereby paving the way for its full integration into India, and said that this day has already gone down in the history of India as a day of redemption, resurgence, and rejuvenation. Jammu and Kashmir was also bifurcated into two - the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh respectively.
Terming Article 370 as 'miscarriage of history' and a 'gravest blunders of the post-independent India', Jitendra Singh said that the time has arrived now to compensate and correct that mistake.
"I think it was god's wishes that this mistake had to be corrected by the BJP with Narendra Modi leading from the front as Prime Minister and Amit Shah as the Home Minister. Maybe this is why we had to wait for 70 years for this occasion", he said.
The BJP leader hit out at the Congress for opposing this historic achievement and said that the BJP was completing a job that they had left incomplete. He said that former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had himself said that the law (Article 370) was temporary and that with time Jammu and Kashmir will become a part of India.
Raising another similar moment in history, Jitendra Singh said that during the tenure of Lal Bahadur Shastri as the Prime Minister of the country, a debate on the same topic had taken place and then Home Minister Gulzari Lal Nanda had said that almost all the parties agreed that Article 370 had to go and had requested to give the government some time to figure it out. However, Singh said that it failed to proceed ahead because of changing circumstances and situations. He described it as a series of blunders and grave mistakes.
He said that there were happiness and prosperity all over Jammu and Kashmir and that people in Srinagar were rejoicing this historic moment despite a curfew in place.
"Whether it is Jammu, Ladakh or Kashmir Valley, the common man on the street is rejoicing this moment.He has became a part of the development programme led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Like Home Minister Amit Shah said, we have done this without any selfishness. We have no right to deprive Jammu and Kashmir from being a part of the global world and no right to deprive the youth of the state to be benificiaries of the enormous avenues unleashed in India by the Modi government and we have no right to deprive Jammu and Kashmir from a new India under the Modi government ".